Jan G. Otterstrom F.

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PHALAENOPSIS

Monopodial growing straight up
first known as Angraek (Malay)
orchid until 1825 genus created
petals flap, wind leans, bends
pressed against to draw back
sequence everywhere, words to
out last us all, capture green
moments shoot up stems
perpetuate Phals drawing
different letters from buds
phonemes spectral colored
white to umber, ambiguous tints
current flows, circles break
engaged before this margin
undiscovered territory beckons
suppliant, anxious to please
with lush, profuse, floral displays.




Jan G. Otterstrom F, October 22, 2014